Be Prepared: A Checklist for Nailing Your First Video Interview

Despite the fact that job seekers have widely embraced the use of technology in the recruitment industry, there’s something about video interviews that shakes most people’s nerves. Perhaps it’s the idea of a computer crashing mid-conversation or not knowing how to behave in an empty room with only a screen for company.

The secret to acing a video interview can by and large be summed up in one word: preparation. Here are some top tips to help you complete your next one with ease!

Do your research!

Don’t be fooled… just because you have a screen in front of you and an internet browser at your disposal does not mean you get a free pass at doing your research. While it’s often helpful and acceptable to have a few notes in front of you for the interview, you should be familiar enough with the company, the role you’ve applied for, and how your previous experiences link to the job so that your responses seem conversational.

Find the perfect spot

One of the great things about video interviews is you can, to a certain degree, control how you appear to the interviewer. So if you have a choice between a quiet office space with a nice background and a noisy Starbucks, take some time to ensure you have access to the former on the big day. Make sure there’s good lighting in this space as well… if your video feed looks like a scene from Paranormal Activity, you’re probably not leaving a great impression with your potential employer.

TIP: Finding the perfect spot is also vital for creating an awesome Video Cover Letter! You can create yours in your Profile Page – or click here to create a new HigherMe Account.

Test your equipment

A laptop usually works best for these types of interviews, as they are sturdy on a tabletop. If you decide to do the interview from your phone or a tablet, prop it up on a stand and ensure that it’s relatively level with your face (no extreme low-angle views!). Many candidates decide to hold up their mobile device for the duration of the call, but this just results in shaky footage that will leave the recruiter feeling seasick.

If possible, get your hands on a headset or earphones with a microphone attached. This will minimize background noises so the interviewer can focus on your responses without distraction. Test all your equipment a day or two before the interview so you have time to acquire replacements if needed.

Dress to impress

While you aren’t interviewing in an office, you should still dress appropriately. It may feel weird to dress in a blazer for a short remote interview, but it will convey to the interviewer that you take the meeting seriously. Also, wearing appropriate clothing can help you get into the proper mindset needed to engage with the employer.

Arrive early

Being online early has a few benefits. Aside from minimizing your risk of tardiness, it also offers the option for the recruiter to start the interview a few minutes early if they’re running ahead of schedule. Believe us when we say employers rarely get extra time, so a little bit of flexibility can go a long way in leaving a great first impression.

Don’t forget to react!

It can be tricky to know how to behave in front of a camera, and when a great job is on the line, your nerves may get the best of you. Pay attention to the screen, and remember to stay engaged and use your body language. Don’t be afraid to make hand gestures where appropriate and smile – it might not seem natural to you, but it can make all the difference in your performance!

You can utilize these great tips and tricks when creating your HigherMe video cover letter. These clips are great for showcasing your personality to a recruiter, and can make a huge positive impact on your candidacy. Click here to create your HigherMe account and take the next step in your career!

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